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 Waipara Weekend Retreat, North Canterbury Food & Wine Trail
Waipara Valley Weekend Retreat

Waipara Weekend Retreat, North Canterbury Food & Wine Trail

02, July 2009
The North Canterbury Food & Wine Trail has a wide range of destinations and food and wine activities for you to choose from.

Whether it’s a day out wine tasting , a weekend retreat at a rural bed & breakfast , or a full vacation around the North Canterbury region, we have it all.

Choose your accommodation to stay in and restaurants to dine at. Then take your pick of Canterbury vineyards for wine tasting or relaxing in the open air, with vistas of the green rolling hills. Spend the day tasting local produce (cheese, olive oil, market gardens, fresh produce) and wash it all down with a local Waipara wine.

You can also check out local Food & Wine Events, and plan your stay around one of our world class wine and food celebrations!

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 Waipara Valley Vineyard, North Canterbury Food & Wine Trail
Waipara Valley Vineyard

Waipara Valley Vineyard, North Canterbury Food & Wine Trail

02, July 2009
Waipara Wine Valley Weekend Retreat

Welcome to the Waipara Valley, a well-known North Canterbury destination, only a quick 45 minute drive north of Christchurch. The Waipara Valley is perfect for a weekend of relaxation, wine, food and a Sunday morning sleep in.

Waipara is New Zealand's fastest growing wine area; a few years ago ‘Master of Wine’ Bob Campbell called Waipara “one of the unsung heroes of the wine industry’.  Currently the wineries are producing more than 250,000 cases of wine each year.

Getting here:
Take State Highway 1, travelling north (only 65km from Christchurch) or south (only 122km from Kaikoura) until you reach the intersection with State Highway 7, the turn off for Hanmer Springs and the West Coast.

Stay at:
A warm welcome awaits you at Annie's Loft & Studio at Waipara River Estate.

Wine tasting and dining at:
Enjoy an amazing lunch of fresh local produce at Pegasus Bay Winery, Waipara Hills Winery & Cafe, Waipara Springs Winery

Cellar Door tastings at:
Fiddler’s Green (open Oct – Apr) and Terrace Edge Vineyard & Olive Grove

Evening dining (a short drive away) in Amberley at:
Nor’wester Café

The North Canterbury Food & Wine Trail guide also lists 20 Canterbury wineries and food producers that are open by appointment. Contact us to request a copy of the guide.